So hot even the press release needs cooling vents

07.04.2007: So hot even the press release needs cooling vents

DAVID COULTHARD, Position 13th

"I was reasonably satisfied with the car today, so it's a shame not have got into the top ten. We had a few problems through practice, but a couple of tenths would have put me in the final qualifying session. I didn't go quick enough on my final lap and lost the back end in Turn four.

I think we've had fewer issues with the car here compared to Australia, and other teams have shuffled around the order too. Renault seems to have dropped down a little and Toyota has popped up, I think people are moving around in these warmer track conditions."

 

MARK WEBBER, Position 10th

"It would have been nicer to be a bit further up, but that's probably where we are. It was very tight in Q2, but we managed to put in a lap in that got us in to Q3. In the last qualifying session, we decided to pit early, as we thought it was going to rain.

Ten minutes either way, and it could have been a good call, but you have to make decisions when you're out there and that's what the guys thought was the right thing to do at the time. We're in the middle of the field for tomorrow's race, so we'll see what we can do then."

 

CHRISTIAN HORNER: "Mark again made it through to third qualifying session, with David narrowly missing out. We took a bit of a gamble in Q3 and went for an early run in the session as all the weather forecasts were saying rain was due, but unfortunately it didn't come in time and Mark qualified in tenth position.

I'm sure he'll be able to race strongly from that position tomorrow. David qualified in thirteenth, meaning we have the ability to choose his strategy tomorrow ahead of the race."

 

FABRICE LOM, Renault, Principal Engineer, Track Support: "Qualifying went pretty smoothly for us. It was quite easy to get through Q1, then Q2 was very tight but Mark did an impressive lap and did just what he needed to get through. The car seems competitive thanks to some aerodynamic evolutions in particular and our engine worked without any problem today.

We are satisfied with our pace although we know it will be a very close fight tomorrow. We will definitely be racing to score points!"

Explanation of today's headline: Copies of the release distributed in the Sepang Media Centre had holes punched all around the edge of the paper...

 

STATISTICS

DAVID COULTHARD
3rd Practice Position: 11 Best Time: 1:36.273 Laps: 13
Qualifying Position: 13 Best Time: 1:35.730
Chassis Number: 3

MARK WEBBER
3rd Practice Position: 10 Best Time: 1:36.257 Laps: 17
Qualifying Position: 10 Best Time: 1:35.579
Chassis Number: 2

 

 

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